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'Hunger Games' feasts its way to third-biggest opening ever

Published: Monday, March 26 2012 11:37 a.m. MDT

In this image released by Lionsgate, Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen in a scene from "The Hunger Games."

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"The Hunger Games" grossed $155 million in domestic box office sales during its opening weekend, according to Box Office Mojo.

The entertainment news website also put into perspective just how impressive the $155 million figure really is: "It ranks third all-time behind 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2' ($169.2 million) and 'The Dark Knight '($158.4 million). Remarkably, it debuted above all of the 'Twilight' movies, and it also topped 'Alice in Wonderland' ($116.1 million) for highest debut ever for a non-sequel.

The New York Times' Media Decoder blog observed, "('Hunger Games') was the largest weekend for a spring release, demonstrating that blockbusters don’t have to open in the summer; also, with the end of the Harry Potter series, and the coming finale of the 'Twilight' series, it positions 'Hunger Games' as the next popular movie franchise."

Bloomberg News pointed out the added significance attached to that box office success given the film's strong female protagonist, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence).

"Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.'s $155 million opening-weekend haul for 'The Hunger Games' proved female action heroes can attract big audiences, and may inspire Hollywood to make more films with female leads."

The Los Angeles Times' 24 Frames blog zeroed in on the fact that the movie — an adaptation of Suzanne Collins' novel with the same name — shows "a bestselling book is, perhaps more than ever, the strongest marketing tool a studio can have."

Additional Deseret News coverage concerning "The Hunger Games" includes:

Aaron Shill detailed what parents should expect to see in the film and pointed out that while the movie is violent, it's also careful and compelling

Laura Marostica examined how movie violence affects children

Doug Wright recommended finishing the book before seeing the film

Chris Higbee compiled a list of 40 additional dark movies made for kids

Tori Ackerman found several authors who say "The Hunger Games" have a Christian message

Carmen Rasmusen Herbert predicted that the movie wouldn't be appropriate for young children

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